Rarely Asked Questions

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane is one of American comedy’s rising stars. In 2014 he was a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award nominee and since then he has appeared on hit TV shows and had hit albums and hit DVDs. His second DVD special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, was released in 2015.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Harry Hill

Harry Hill is one of the stars playing a benefit to raise money for comedian Jim Tavare at the Lyric Theatre on June 12. As previously reported, Tavare was involved in a serious car crash in California in March. He is now recovering but despite having medical insurance still faces substantial bills and may never be able to play the double bass again.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Stuart Goldsmith

Stuart Goldsmith is arguably better known for interviewing stand-ups than being a stand-up. His Comedian’s Comedian podcast has become essential listening for anyone remotely interested in how a comedian’s mind works. His latest episode, with Jeremy Hardy, is well worth a listen as Hardy talks about his early days on the circuit and confesses to fiddling his benefits.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Greg Proops

Greg Proops is a bit of a legend. The smart-suited American is a terrific stand-up comedian but may be better known as a master of improvisation. He first made his name in the UK as a regular performer on C4’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? You name it, he can make it funny. Later this month he joins that other great improv institution, The Comedy Store Players – Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Josie Lawrence – when they play their 20th annual gig at the Globe Theatre.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – David Baddiel

David Baddiel's latest show, My Family: Not The Sitcom returns to the West End for the third and final time from March 29. It is honest, touching, audacious and, of course, very funny. Baddiel has found a way to tackle the most delicate of subjects – in this case his father's dementia and his late mother's infidelity – and find humour in them. He makes it look easy. It clearly isn't. Over the years, right back to his early days working with Rob Newman, Baddiel has divided critics and comedy fans.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tape Face

The Boy With Tape On His Face had done pretty well. Following his success at the Edinburgh Fringe, reaching the final of America's Got Talent and announcing a run on the Las Vegas Strip he is coming to London with his first West End residency starting on June 6. If you haven't seen Tape Face – as he is now known – before, you are in for a genuine treat.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Emma Sidi

Emma Sidi is a comedian on the way up. In the last couple of years she has been busy establishing herself as a formidable personality in all the right places. She has been in TV's Drunk History and online YouTuber satire Pls Like to name two excellent things. And she recently picked up a Chortle Award nomination for Best Character/Variety Act.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Anna Mann

Anna Mann is not really a comedian. She is a veritable artiste who has been in showbusiness for almost as long as Joan Collins. She has recently branched out while she waits for her next big acting job and is offering advice to anyone suffering from black dog in her latest soiree, A Sketch Show For Depressives. Mann is helped in her quest by chameleon character comic Colin Hoult, who you should know from Revolting and Murder In Successville. Have you twigged yet?

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Larry Dean

OK, confession time. When I ask question 8 - “I think you are very good at what you do” – I don’t always mean it. It’s there to make comics feel good. But in the case of Larry Dean I really do mean it. Ever since I saw him in the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of 2013 Final I could see he had something. He won that competition and went on to pick up an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination in 2015 and win the Amused Moose Comedy Award in 2016.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris is a comedian on the cusp. In the last few years she has started cropping up regularly on television and I expect she will be cropping up even more in the future. She was in The IT Crowd and Revolting. She was also in Murder In Successville. Or you may know her from the Game Of Thrones spin-off, Thronecast (update 2018 - she is now in The Mash Report). The versatile performer is also part of stage improvisation group Austentatious. You want songs, stories and jokes?

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